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LA sheriff's commander disciplined over using mock Asian voice ringtone

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's commander has been disciplined for having a ringtone with a mock Asian voice and for comments he made after his personal cellphone rang during a meeting with top brass.

April 16, 2013 | | State


SHUTTLE TO DRIVE HIKERS ATOP EAST BAY PARK: PLEASANTON (AP) — A shuttle will soon drive visitors up

SHUTTLE TO DRIVE HIKERS ATOP EAST BAY PARK: PLEASANTON (AP) - A shuttle will soon drive visitors up to Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park and officials hope to expand the service across the Bay Area's largest park system.

April 16, 2013 | | State


No quick, easy fix for environmental law reform

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday it's unlikely that changes he's seeking to the state's environmental protection law can be accomplished this year, although a top Senate Democrat says he's still pursuing reforms.

April 16, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

INTERNAL REPORT: CPUC SAFETY CULTURE IS LAX: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A consultant's confidential report on the California Public Utilities Commission makes sharp criticisms of its executive director and finds the agency's safety culture severely lacking.

April 16, 2013 | | State


Pro athletes fight limits on workers' comp

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Former professional athletes who have battled countless injuries since they left the game on Monday criticized proposed legislation that would restrict players from collecting workers' compensation benefits in California.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Death row inmate dies in apparent suicide

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The death row inmate who killed guitarist Elvin Bishop's daughter and four others died of an apparent suicide, California prison officials announced Monday.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Attorney general seeks drug database funds

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Legislation that would provide funding for California's substance-abuse tracking system passed its first committee on Monday at the urging of state Attorney General Kamala Harris.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Baseball hits boy, stops heart during game

ROHNERT PARK (AP) - A Northern California family is hailing a set of parents as heroes for helping to save the life of their son after he was hit in the chest during a youth baseball game, causing his heart to stop.

April 15, 2013 | | State


State activates threat review system

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California safety officials on Monday activated a statewide threat assessment system in response to explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Health law expands treatment for addicts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The number of drug and alcohol addicts eligible for health insurance that will cover substance abuse treatment will rise by 1.5 times when federal health care reforms kick in next year.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Man killed by explosive called eccentric

COSTA MESA (AP) - A man who was killed when a homemade explosive blew up at his home was an eccentric who bicycled around his neighborhood dispensing anti-government conspiracy pamphlets, neighbors said Monday.

April 15, 2013 | | State


State news briefs

BERKELEY FIREMAN ON MEDICAL CALL GRAZED BY BULLET: BERKELEY (AP) - Police in Northern California arrested an 88-year-old man after he started shooting at Berkeley firefighters who were tending to him and grazed one of the responders.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Bill seeks to ban plastic bags at stores

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Business groups are supporting a bill that would ban California grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies from handing out single-use plastic bags.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Assembly OKs bill limiting gun permit to individual by excluding companies

SACRAMENTO (AP) - Democrats in the California Assembly approved a bill Monday that would allow only individuals, and not companies, to obtain permits to own assault weapons and .50-caliber rifles.

April 15, 2013 | | State


Bay Area briefs

EARTHQUAKES 'APPALLED' BY PLAYER'S ANTI-GAY SLUR: SAN JOSE (AP) - The president of the San Jose Earthquakes says he is appalled that forward Alan Gordon directed an anti-gay slur at an opponent.

April 15, 2013 | | State


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‘Entopreneurs’ feed growing appetite for edible insects

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Experts remove whale carcass south of SF

PACIFICA (AP) - When a 50-foot sperm whale washed ashore on a beach south of San Francisco, people stopped to look, snapped pictures of the massive mammal and even reached out and touched the creature that looks more like a dark ocean rock than the largest tooth predator on earth.

April 15, 2015 | | State


120 days for clubbing death of 925 chickens

FRESNO (AP) - A judge has sentenced an 18-year-old man to 120 days in jail for clubbing 925 Foster Farms chickens to death in Fresno last year.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Where can sex offenders reside?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California cities and counties are grappling with how far they can go to restrict where sex offenders can live amid a shifting legal landscape.

April 15, 2015 | | State


Lobbying for California to go to pot

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's marijuana farmers have existed in a legal gray area during the 18 years since the state became the first to allow residents to use the drug for medical purposes.

April 14, 2015 | | State


LA OKs all- girls science, tech school

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The nation's second-largest school district on Tuesday approved the creation of an all-girls school focused on science, technology, engineering and math in an attempt to narrow the gap between boys and girls in those subjects.

April 14, 2015 | | State


‘Game of Thrones‘ hit by piracy from Twitter app users

LOS ANGELES (AP) - HBO's "Game of Thrones" has the dubious honor of being popular with both pirates and viewers.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Drought not a big hit to economy

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's drought is not likely to have a significant effect on the state's economy or budget despite leading to cutbacks on farms, a nonpartisan fiscal analyst said Tuesday.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Elusive mountain lion captivates Los Angeles then quickly vanishes

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A celebrity mountain lion transformed a wealthy hillside neighborhood into a paparazzi-like scene of scrambling photographers before eluding everyone Tuesday and quietly slipping away.

April 14, 2015 | | State


NorCal water boards vote on water cutbacks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two large San Francisco Bay Area water districts are considering adopting state-ordered cuts in water use and possibly increasing rates.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Sex-offender limits no longer tied to initiative

SACRAMENTO (AP) - California parole agents will have to find a specific link to child victims if they decide to bar sex offender parolees from living near schools and parks, under a new policy issued Tuesday.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Did officer tamper with corpse?

BAKERSFIELD (AP) - A police Medal of Valor winner is under investigation after allegations that he improperly handled the corpse of a man shot by officers - and even joked about tickling his feet.

April 14, 2015 | | State


Gondola would create big ski areas near Tahoe

SQUAW VALLEY. (AP) - A resort operator announced plans Monday to build a high-speed gondola connecting two Lake Tahoe slopes and creating one of the largest ski areas in the country.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Abalone diving off coast proves deadly again

CASPAR (AP) - Diving for abalone can be a dangerous sport, but that doesn't deter the thousands of people who trek to the northern California coastlines each season to take a stab at getting some of the prized mollusks.

April 13, 2015 | | State


Honey oil explosion burns 5, blasts roof

REDDING (AP) - Five people in Northern California suffered serious burns when an explosion blew apart the garage where authorities say the group was cooking concentrated marijuana honey oil with butane.

April 13, 2015 | | State


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